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Michael W. Padgett

Office Managing Principal
Indianapolis

P 317-489-6930
F 317-489-6931
PadgettM@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael W. Padgett is Office Managing Principal of the Indianapolis, Indiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice covers a broad range of employment litigation and traditional labor matters.

Mr. Padgett's litigation experience includes defending claims of race, age, national origin, and gender discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation, wage and hour claims (including class actions), non-compete matters, and occupational safety and health matters. Mr. Padgett has handled these matters in federal and state courts in several states, as well as in the Seventh and Fifth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Padgett has extensive experience in defending claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local labor and employment agencies.

Mr. Padgett has broad experience in traditional labor matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing employers in grievance arbitration proceedings, handling unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, and defending employers in breach of contract litigation. He served as lead labor counsel for the owner in negotiating the project labor agreement governing the construction of a new NFL football stadium in Indianapolis.

Mr. Padgett routinely counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment issues, conducts employee training seminars, and speaks on employment-related topics to various organizations.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Padgett worked as a mechanical engineer in Indianapolis for four years. Before embarking on the private practice of law, he served as Chief Counsel to the Indiana Department of Labor.

Honors and Recognitions

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana SHRM
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Published Works

  • "But What About the Giant Inflatable Rat?: NLRB Addresses Unconventional Union Protests," The Workplace Lawyer (Indiana State Bar Association) (Fall 2007) [Author]
  • "Practicing Before the National Labor Relations Board," The Employment and Labor Law Handbook for Indiana Lawyers (2005) [Author]

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October 19, 2017
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Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott Discusses Joining Jackson Lewis' Indianapolis Office

October 19, 2017

Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott discusses leaving Ogletree Deakins to join Jackson Lewis' Indianapolis office in "Jackson Lewis Nabs Ex-Ogletree Deakins Employment Atty," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 17, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Bolsters Employment Practice, Welcomes Dorothy "Dottie" Parson McDermott in Indianapolis

October 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 17, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott has joined the firm’s Indianapolis office as a Principal. Ms. McDermott joins the firm from Ogletree Deakins, where she represented employers in the full spectrum of labor... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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February 6, 2017

Indianapolis Office Newsletter – First Quarter 2017

February 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limitation Period for Claims Relying on Constructive Discharge Under a constructive discharge theory, an employee’s limitation period to file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission begins upon the constructive discharge, not before, the United States Supreme Court has... Read More

December 18, 2014

Indiana Supreme Court Dismisses Second Case Challenging Constitutionality of Right to Work Law

December 18, 2014

Indiana’s Right to Work law again has withstood a constitutional challenge in the state’s highest court. The Indiana Supreme Court dismissed a second challenge to the state’s Right to Work law based on its November decision in Zoeller v. Sweeney, 19 N.E.3d 749 (Ind. 2014), holding that the law, on its face, does not... Read More

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Indiana Court Upholds Five-Year Restriction in Non-Compete Agreement
August 19, 2013

The Indiana Court of Appeals determined in an unpublished opinion that an employer presented a prima facie case that a five-year restriction in a non-compete agreement was reasonable.  Mayne v O’Bannon Publishing Co., 36 IER Cases 279 (Ind. Ct. App. Read More